In the spring of 1933, Walt Disney released what unexpectedly became one of his studio's biggest hits, Three Little Pigs. The short cartoon, and the original song it contained, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, became smash hits. The story of these pigs literally keeping the wolf away from their door and their defiant song connected with … Continue reading Pigs in a Parody.
Just another thing I ran across recently. Not to be confused with the current program that bears the same name, this was a local program from WCBS in New York City that reran older movies. It had a nice opening with some attractive 1960s graphic design and a catchy opening theme. WCBS's The Late Show opening … Continue reading Clock-watching.
Bad Luck Blackie (1949) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x39wwu2
Day 31: The month is over and Halloween has arrived, so I'll celebrate with possibly the craziest cartoon of the 1930s. The Fleischer Talkartoon "Swing You Sinners", originally released on September 24, 1930, uses the 1930 song "Sing You Sinners" as a jumping off point and then escalates the weird and wild animation and gags … Continue reading “Swing You Sinners” (1930)
Day 30: One day to go until Halloween, so here's a classic from the Van Beuren studio, featuring Tom & Jerry (not the cat and mouse). In "Magic Mummy", originally released on February 7, 1933, the duo are policemen sent to investigate a stolen mummy, a case that ends up taking them in an underground … Continue reading “Magic Mummy” (1933)
Day 29: It's been a while since we've had any Mickey Mouse cartoons in the lineup, so here's one of his most eerie adventures. "The Mad Doctor", originally released on January 21, 1933, features Mickey fighting his way through a haunted castle in order to rescue Pluto from the clutches of a mad scientist bent … Continue reading “The Mad Doctor” (1933)